Education: FG to ensure strict compliance with new curriculum

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

The Federal Government says it would take appropriate steps to ensure that Unity Colleges and all other schools in Nigeria key into the effective use of the newly introduced National Education Research Development Council (NERDC) e-curriculum to enhance the needed and desired outcome.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja at a stakeholders’ forum on e-curriculum.

He urged all state governments to ensure that access to the approved national curriculum through NERDC e-portal is facilitated for all schools, teachers and students in their states.

The Minister expressed optimism that the e-curriculum solution would significantly curb the current problem of shortage of curricular in public schools across the country.

According to him: “In achieving the objectives of the Federal Government’s policy on education, this unique technological solution will no doubt take our educational system one step further towards the attainment of global competitiveness and thereby systematically bring about change, not just a change, but positive change in the education sector in line with the present agenda of the President”.

In his remarks, NERDC Executive Secretary, Prof. Ismail Junaidu, said the curriculum was designed to provide digital access to school curriculum, teaching and learning resources for teachers, learners and other stakeholders.

The Executive Secretary said the curriculum would assist the Federal Ministry of Education, State Ministries of Education and Local Education Authorities in standardizing curriculum across all schools under their jurisdiction and ensure that their curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum contents standards.

He therefore urged stakeholders to key into the initiative, which was developed to induce and sustain access to quality education in the country.

In his address, the Managing Director, Sidmach Technologies, Mr. Peter Arogundade, said the e-curriculum is a complete teaching and learning tool, which helps teachers, and students teach and learn better, using the NERDC approved curriculum.

“The solution provides an interactive, analytic and collaborative learning for teachers and students.

He noted that the stakeholders’ forum would afford all stakeholders in the education sector the opportunity to have further knowledge on the e-curriculum.

“We should understand the need why every student, parents and school in Nigeria should subscribe to the e-curriculum”.